Largest 4-H Donor Gets Hollywood Treatment

"Deep in the Heart" tells the story of Centerville's Dick Wallrath, an alcoholic rancher turned 4-H philathropist.
Fri February 17, 2012 4:06 am
Screenshot | Deep in the Heart

The Paramount Theater in downtown Austin unfurled the red carpet Wednesday night for the star-studded premiere of Deep in the Heart. The film is the redemption tale of alcoholic-rancher-turned-window-manufacturing tycoon Richard Wallrath, who hopes to reconcile with his children after cleaning up his act. 

The film was directed by Christopher Cain ( Young Guns ) and stars Jon Gries (who played Uncle Rico in  Napoleon Dynamite ) as Wallrath (there’s some more star power with the addition of a bearded Val Kilmer).

The real Richard Wallrath, who is the state’s largest donor to 4-H, trekked to Austin from his 6,000-acre Centerville ranch to watch the premiere, but he was, perhaps, overshadowed by the presence of Jon Voight, who was on hand to support his son James Haven, who played the boyfriend of Wallrath’s daughter in the film, the Associated Press reported. (Haven’s sister, Angelina Jolie, and the rest of the Jolie-Pitt clan were, sadly, nowhere in sight.)

Rick and Anita Perry, who have a little more free time on their hands of late, were also spotted on the red carpet. “This is a film that tells a good story about Texas,” proclaimed the governor, who has a cameo in the film. “That’s one of the things we’ve done in the legislature, we’ve said we want films that tell a good story and have a good projection of the state of Texas.”

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